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NTS Webmapping Application: A foundation for National Trails System Geographic Information Systems

By: Peter Bonsall, Geographer – GIS Specialist, and Matt Robinson, GIS Specialist, National Park Service and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, respectively A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool that allows users to view a variety of geographic data, perform spatial analysis, and conduct locational…

The future of the National Trails System faces fundamental challenges

By Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System In 2018 as we began our year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, I briefly described these fundamental challenges that we in the National Trails System community face to fully…

Adventures from ‘Get Off the Web and Into the Wild’

During National Park Week, April 20-28, 2019, the Partnership for the National Trails System encouraged people to take a break from social media and explore the outdoors instead. Those who joined PNTS in the pledge to “get off the web and into the wild” substituted…

Get Off The Web And Into The Wild

Did you know that national scenic and historic trails connect and travel through over 80 national parks? The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) encourages people to take a break from social media during National Park Week, April 20-28, 2019, as a way to…

Trails community experiences Congressional victory during Hike the Hill 2019

More than 100 people representing nearly 40 trail organizations from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this February to “Hike the Hill.” Now in its 22nd year, Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and…

Support the Partnership for the National Trails System this Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th, and the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) will be participating in this global day dedicated to giving. Over 40,000 organizations in 71 countries have joined the Giving Tuesday movement. Since its founding in 2012, Giving Tuesday has inspired giving around…

#SaveLWCF to Save Our Trails

Urge Congress to permanently reauthorize LWCF with full, dedicated funding The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, threatening the future of our national trails, parks, and public lands. “Without any action from Congress, a program that is widely supported, provides more…

50th Anniversary Initiatives by Nonprofit and Federal Partners

HIKING CHALLENGES Modeled after the North Country Trail Association’s successful “Hike 100 Challenge,” this year the North Country, Arizona, and New England national scenic trails are challenging trail users to hike 50 miles to earn a special patch or other prizes in commemoration of the…

Hike the Hill 2018 kicks off 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

A week in D.C. More than 125 people representing nearly 40 trail organizations from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this February to “Hike the Hill.” Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and the…

2017 Accomplishments of the Partnership for the National Trails System

By Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System During 2017, the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) continued to provide the educational and information sharing services it has for years to the National Trails System community. Pathways Across America…